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Cells as Living Calculators
May 15, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Inspired by analog electronic circuits, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers Rahul Sarpeshkar and Timothy Lu, created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic "parts," or engineered genes, in novel ways. The circuits perform those calculations in an analog fashion by exploiting natural biochemical functions that are already present in the cell rather than by reinventing them with digital logic.Full Story
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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